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SHFT Sampler 11-19-10

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Weekly links: The Philadelphia Eagles get clean and SHFT pops up in NYC with Wired.

Oh snap, SHFT is popping up again this week, this time with the cool nerds at Wired. The space opens today, at 692 Broadway in NoHo. The SHFT selection looks a lot like this. The Philadelphia Eagles expect to save $60 million on energy costs by retrofitting their their stadium with wind turbines and solar panels. They should consider attaching turbines to Michael Vick's heels. This......read more

In Praise of Crap Technology

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Why bother with an iPod when a Coby will do?

When I bought the first-generation iPhone, it took me all of four days to leave it in a cab, never to see it again. Meanwhile, the phone it was meant to replace, a not-remotely-smart Nokia brick dating from the previous century, had weathered a drop into a toilet and traveled with me to Europe and back -- twice. It still works. Sound familiar? Maybe not, but there's something to be said for......read more

Eco-Amp

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Foldable iPhone speaker made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper $7.99

With summer approaching, many of us are searching for suitable iPhone speakers for portable tunes in the sun. The way we see it, there's no sense adding to the iPhone's already gargantuan environmental footprint by buying electronic speakers. This new product from L.A. startup eco-made is just the solution we've been waiting for. The eco-amp is a powerless iPhone amplifer made from 100%......read more

Cliff Display Riser and Desk Drawer

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From Heckler Design $75.00

A clean desk results in focused work. This clean design handles several issues in one simple solution. Cliff is designed to improve any desk to be ergonomic and clutter-free. Featuring two sliding drawers, Cliff presents your office tools when you need them, then stashes them out-of-sight when you don’t. Cliff is also a platform for your desktop display, raising your......read more

Herb Savor Pods by Prepara

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Keep herbs fresh and flavorful longer with these easy-to-use kitchen gadgets $25.00

When prepping a meal, there's no substitute for fresh herbs. But the problem with fresh herbs, of course, is that they rarely stay fresh for long. Enter Prepara's ingenious Herb Savor Pod, which prolongs the life of fresh herbs by up to three weeks. A refillable water well provides a home for herb stems while the clean, modern form showcases the natural beauty of the plants within. The pods are......read more

PowerFilm Rollable Solar Charger

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Juice up your gadgets sustainably with this flexible, flat-rolling solar panel charger $129.00

Using technology that was initially designed for the military, PowerFilm's R15-300 Rollable Solar Power Charger is a super-lightweight and flexible charger for your cellphone, GPS, MPS, and other devices. Featuring monolithically integrated solar panels, the 5-watt charger eliminates the damage-prone manual connections of individual solar cells. It's also free of cadmium and other toxic......read more

Sakku.Traveler

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Recycled sail bag uses solar power to charge your gadgets. $424.00

From Swiss design company Sakku comes this wonderfully practical shoulder bag, featuring a solar panel that powers up your gadgets* while while you're cruising around in the sun. The advanced green design doesn't stop there though. The sakku.traveler is also crafted from recycled sailcloth, giving it a stylish nautical feel that's great all year round. Well-built and durable, each......read more

Noon Solar Elston Bag

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Sustainable leather shoulder bag with solar powered battery pack to charge your gadgets. $447.00

With their collection of naturally dyed leather and organic hemp canvas bags, Chicago's Noon Style hits all the right notes for us. But the Elston bag really takes it over the top, with a paper thin, flexible solar panel that provides power to a battery pack within, ready to charge your cell phone or iPod, day or night. If this is the future, sign us up....read more

Greener Gadgets Winners Announced

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First place goes to local food-promoting smartphone app.

The results of this year's Greener Gadgets design competition were announced Friday in New York. And while according to Treehugger neither the judges nor the audience were roundly impressed with the entries, there were some pretty cool ideas on the shortlist. The defining concept of the conference was that we need is not more stuff, but innovations that make stuff we already have help us......read more

Are Apple Gadgets Going Solar?

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Three new patents filed by Apple indicate the company is getting into the clean energy business.

This month, Apple filed three new efficiency patents, creating a new wave of speculation about the eco-friendly direction of the gadget behemoth. Here they are: 1. The first is a software patent that enables Apple devices to "register their power usage and communicate" using HomePlug Alliance, a set of universal standards showcased at this year's CES. The system would allow users......read more

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